Harris Photos

001   1914 view of Triangle Island's residences from the light tower. Nearest building is the wireless operator's residence and beyond that, the wireless transmitter/operations building. The old outhouse is perched on the left hand cliff, while on the right the tramway drops down to the beach.

   A photo collage from the Victoria Times December 17, 1910 is here.


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005   A letter with the results of Lofty's radio certificate examinations. He didn't do too well on the traffic handling portion, but that section of the exam was based more on procedures whereas the other areas were more cut and dried. He wasn't the first to have difficulty with that section.

   On the reverse were details on where to re-sit the examination. Operators around the world sat similar exams due to the global nature of wireless. See 006 below.

006   Place of examination. Hughes Bros Radio School, N.E. Cor. Main and Hastings St. (upstairs), Vancouver, BC.

First Exam after the Berlin Convention of 1912.

007   Lofty's First Class Certificate issued in 1955. He would have been 62 at the time.

008   Second page of Lofty's First Class Certificate issued in 1955

009   Hand written note under left photo: "Triangle Isd. Transmitter gear July 1915".

   Printed note next to right hand photo: "After Herb Dawe Installed Synch. Rotary Gaps."

   Photos are shown below as 11 & 12. Page shown for context.

010   Page shown for context. Individual photos are shown below.

011   Triangle Island's spark transmitter in July 1915. Synchronous park gap is mounted on the left end of the belt driven generator. High voltage transformer and capacitor bank on the floor behind.  Coarse tuning inductor and coupling transformer mounted on the wall. The horizontal item containing two bars and a slider, mounted below the two big boxes on the wall, is a variable inductance. Each bar is a wire wound inductor used to fine tune the transmitter frequency--the electrical characteristics of the antenna determines the transmitter frequency. Belt and pulley visible on right hand end of generator. The belt would have gone to a similar, but larger diameter, pulley on the Fairbanks-Morse engine.

012   Triangle must have had two transmitters as this one is located in a different spot than the photo above. See Bowerman's photo 277 to see the drive belts in place.

013   "Digby Island Marine Station, 1914" This would be the view from the wireless station looking in a south direction. The marine station looked after the local navigational aids such as buoys, lights, lighthouses and similar devices.

014   "SS Prince Rupert ashore on Genn Island. Salvage Queen (ex 'Tees') astern."

015   SS Prince Rupert ashore on Genn Island. No radar or other electronic navigational aids in those days.  In the dark there were a few illuminated beacons and lighthouses for guidance.  Most of the time the deck officer's navigation was done by applying their knowledge of currents, speeds and time in the various parts of the route.  Echoing a whistle toot off a nearby land mass would give a rough estimate of distance.

016   SS Prince Rupert ashore on Genn Island. From the series of photos it appears these three photos were taken on a vessel as it passed by the incident. Vessel went ashore on March 23, 1917. See also Harris photo 67 for the fourth photo in this series.

017   Page shown for context. Individual photos are shown below. Pachena landing above and Bamfield Cable station below.

018   Page shown for context. Individual photos are shown below. Views of Pachena Point Light & Wireless Station.

019   Pachena Light & Wireless station landing.

020   Bamfield Cable Station. From here an underwater cable went to Fanning Island, and thence to Australia. Signals were sent through the wire by making and breaking a current in a Morse Code fashion. Similar cables spanned the Atlantic and up to the time of wireless, this was the only quick method of communication between continents up until wireless arrived. 

021   Wireless operations building at Pachena. Photo 022 is taken from the porch of this building, looking back at the light tower.

022   View of Pachena Light Station, taken from the Wireless building.

023   View of the Digby Station as seen from the ocean. "Digby Island, Prince Rupert, BC. June 1913 to Feb. 1914"

024   "Dead Tree Point BC March 1912-May 1913."  "Photo taken by Ed Ashton."

025   Album page showing 1912 photos of the Queen Charlotte City area. Skidegate was a few miles to the east. 

026  Dead Tree wireless station.